Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

William O. Adams


At a Glance

  • J.D. University of Alabama
  • M.S. Biotechnology, The Johns Hopkins University
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Professional Profile 

William Adams is an accomplished and experienced patent attorney, and his primary focus is patent litigation in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device fields. William has been involved in more than 40 patent disputes on behalf of life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, and is co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Litigation Group.

William has extensive experience in U.S. federal district courts regarding pharmaceutical patent litigation involving Abbreviated New Drug Applications under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Moreover, William has been involved in conducting biological clearance projects under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (the “BPCIA”). William’s technical training (B.S. in Chemical Engineering & M.S. in Biotechnology), along with his previous experience working as a pharmaceutical development scientist at a leading drug delivery company allows him to quickly understand the technology.

Having spent time as in-house IP counsel, William truly understands the demands, perspectives, and budgets of his clients. That in-house experience has helped William ensure that each matter and case entrusted to him by his clients is handled efficiently and effectively.


  • University of Alabama (J.D.), Editor of the Journal of the Legal Profession
  • The Johns Hopkins University (M.S. Biotechnology)
  • University of Alabama (B.S. Chemical Engineering)
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